Book review: I am Malala

cartoon image of Malala with quote about education

I’ve always loved reading and I really enjoy hearing other people’s reviews of books and their recommendation so I’ve decided to start writing a few book blogs. I’m not sure how often I’ll do this, because I’m quite a slow reader anyway, but we’ll see how it goes.

Just to clarify, this is nothing to do with health or fitness. Although, technically I’m exercising my brain power!

The last book I read was the biography of Malala Yousafzai titled I am Malala.

In case you haven’t heard of her; she is a young woman (born 1997) who was awarded the 2014 Noble Peace Prize for her campaigning for education and women’s rights to go to school. She was also targeted and shot by the Taliban on her way home from school when she was 15.

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Guest Post: Body Positivity

Body positiivty Hannah gets hench

I’m really excited to share my first ever guest post with you guys! I don’t normally like to hand over the reigns to anyone else on my blog, my content is always written by me, but I literally couldn’t wait for this lovely lady to write me a post about body positivity! My contribution are these terrible amazing canva designs…. 

Today’s guest post is written by Vicky, she is an intersectional feminist, body positive activist and one of the funniest and loveliest people I know. We made friends through Twitter, and are yet to meet IRL, but hopefully we will later on this year.

I’ve been wanting to write a post about body positivity for ages, but had loads of trouble putting my thoughts down when it came to it. In the last year I have dramatically changed my attitude towards my body, including the reasons why I exercise and the way that I approach nutrition. I still really struggle with self-acceptance and I find it hard to love my flaws, but I find the body positive movement really inspiring and I hope that I can be fully confident in my own skin in the future. 

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Running with purpose: Salford 10k 2016

Two girls running salford 10k and medals

After a few months off running, my legs were pounding the pavements once again and on Sunday the 4th September I completed the Salford 10k in 1:00:15!! That’s 3 minutes off my last 10k in February and my new personal best.

This wasn’t just any old 10k race, myself and some friends (including the lovely Ellie who has a blog too) decided to complete it in honour of our beautiful best friend who tragically passed away in June. We raised money for the charities that meant the most to her, which were Dogs Trust and Mind, and together we managed to raise over £1000. Read more

Sources of inspiration when you feel like sh*t

coloured crayons on paper
Photo source: Daniel Watson via Unsplash

Sometimes it can be really difficult to generate a drop of positivity, let alone a glass half full. There are times when all those cute memes telling you to sparkle, be a unicorn, and have a cup of positivi-tea, will make you feel even worse than you already do.

It may also make you throw your phone across the room in rage, there’s nothing worse than people who don’t understand what you’re going through telling you to ‘keep your chin up’.

I’m sure they mean well, but it’s still annoying isn’t it?

I’m not here to tell you to ignore your feelings, in fact I say embrace them. Sometimes one of the best things you can do is listen to your emotions. Get angry, scream, cry, throw things around the room if it gives you a release.

Sometimes it’s fine to not feel ok. Read more

Using exercise to heal

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Apologies for my lack of recent blog posts.

The last month of my life has been heartbreaking to say the least and I would have felt inappropriate writing about something trivial during this tragic time. I’ve been debating channeling all of my feelings into a blog post, but honestly I will never find the right words to express what has happened, nor would I be happy about sharing it with the world. Maybe I will feel differently in a few months, but right now I choose to keep it private.

However, this blog has always served as an outlet for my emotions. Although I have never used it to delve into a darker side of my life, I have always found writing cathartic, even if it’s just by making sense of words written down on a page. Writing helps me to become present in the moment and puts the brakes on my troubles for the time being.

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The perfect gym bag? Jim Bag review

Jim Bag review

I’m going to make a bold statement: it’s hard being an active woman*.

Working full time usually means you choose between a social life, working out, or sleep. In order to nail the first two, I often have to resurrect myself out of my warm bed at 5.45 to fit in a gym session before work at 9am.

But getting up early is only half of the battle.

Can we just talk about how much stuff I have to carry to the gym to make sure I look half normal for work? Read more

8 differences between a no-frills gym and a health club

spa towels on table with rubber duck

Recently I switched from The Gym group to Bannatyne’s and I just wanted to write up my thoughts about the difference between a no-frills gym and a so-called health club.

Upgrading gyms did not come easy to me, I have been a loyal member of The Gym for around three years now, which makes me feel quite old, and honestly I have never really had a problem with it. I was always under the impression that you don’t need to pay more for all those extras as long as the equipment was good quality and varied. This is something I  still stand by, but now I am one of those people who want the extras. Read more

How to stay healthy at a festival

girls standing at lost village festival

I can hear you moaning already, ‘who wants to be healthy at a festival?’ I know I know, I’m that person that sucks the fun out of everything. The whole sentence is basically an oxymoron, fun AND healthy, how is that even possible right?

True, a festival is one of the only places where you can free yourself from the shackles of adult-life and go shower-and-inhibitions free for a weekend, but it doesn’t automatically mean you have to have a super unhealthy weekend and come back 10 lbs heavier. Some of us work really hard to stay in shape and look after ourselves, so why shouldn’t we enjoy a sprinkling of health over our leisurely activities? Read more

Tips to stay safe when running outdoors

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Source: Kyle Kranz Unsplash

Despite the fact it’s (kind of) summer, you must always keep your personal safety in mind when running outdoors. It’s not just you and the treadmill anymore, you’re running in the big wide world and you never know what kind of horrible humans are out to harm you.

This may sound a little dark for a blog, but I haven’t come across any articles that discuss the importance of safe running but it’s something that massively affects runners, especially us females, so it’s a topic I want to discuss*. 

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